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Assuming What Would Be Made The intention of this show was for three artists to work from a common fulcrum. The choice of William Pope. L as that fulcrum provides, for me anyway, a certain visceral model to work from. I should say “work away from” given that there is no small amount of trepidation for 3 white dudes appropriating the work of a highly political, iconoclastic black artist. It’s a project bound to fail. But on another level this sort of thing may in fact extend his work in absentia. A hundred years ago Picasso stole an entire aesthetic from the continent of Africa, today we are stealing one from one man (at least we give credit where its due!) But I think that the real impetus is to simply wonder what he would do if he were here doing what he does. Instead of that, we have this.


Leon Castelli Group